7 major robberies in a month, Moga at mercy of miscreants

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Moga
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 15:05 IST
DIG Ferozepur Yurinder Singh Hayer looking at the Innova car from which miscreants took away Rs 60 lakh in Moga on Monday. (HT Photo)

Seven major robberies happened in the month of May, have revealed how secure this district is and how efficient the police is, as they have managed to solve only one case; a case of Rs 22 lakh robbery, which later turned out to be a mere story concocted by the complainant Rajinder Bansal, a rice broker.

On the first day of the month, some unidentified robbers barged into a house when a 80-year-old woman was alone in the house. She was stabbed multiple times which resulted in her death and later the robbers fled away with Rs 50,000 cash and 200 grams of gold. The police is still clueless about the robbers.

On the same day, police came across another robbery case, where in a rice broker claimed that he was robbed of Rs 22 lakhs inside his office by two armed men on the pretext that his son was in their custody and they would kill him, when he was sitting in his office at Kaleke road in Baghapurana in the afternoon. Later it turned out the trader had cooked up the story. This remains the only solved robbery case till now.

Then 16 days later, on May 17, some unidentified persons robbed an employee working at a petrol pump of Rs 2.93 lakhs outside the Punjab and Sindh Bank in Nihal Singh Wala sub-division of the district. The police are yet to find any constructive lead in the case.

Then on very next day, a miscreant threw chilli powder in woman’s eyes and fled away with her Tata Indica Vista car. The woman was sitting in the car, waiting for her husband outside a sweet shop in Moga in the afternoon.

Then came the biggest and most shocking one; a heist of Rs 60 lakh bank robbery, again in broad daylight. Six armed men attacked a private taxi in which staff of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) was ferrying the money from the bank to nearby town Bagha Purana. The armed robbers killed the security guard and fled away with the money.

Connected to the above mentioned crime, another robbery took place, this time with police were the victim. When a team of cops from crime investigation agency (CIA) went to raid a house at Butter Kalan village the next day, the robbers overpowered them and fled away in cop’s car after opening fire. The police tried to conceal the incident by not mentioning the car snatching incident in the first information report (FIR).

On May 26, two unidentified bike-borne youths ran away after snatching a bag carrying Rs 1.10 lakh when a man was coming on his scooter from Baghapurana side to Moga.

The common connection in all these cases has been the timing. All the robberies took place in broad daylight, especially in the afternoon. This shows that the robbers had no fear which could stem from the fact that that they either had confidence on their abilities or on the inefficiency of the police.

Commenting on a deteriorating law and order situation in Moga, Amarjit Singh, superintendent of police (SP) investigation said that to control the crime, the police have deputed 24 hours police barricades at all entry points and other vulnerable points of the district.

Singh said that so far the police have failed to make any new development in Rs 60 lakhs robbery but they are screening the old criminals to get any clues in all the crimes happened in the district.

“The police are raiding their houses and will interrogate them,” he added.

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